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Funny Fridays: Dinosaur Jokes

What’s not to love about dinosaurs and laughing? Checkout this dinosaur joke book roundup below:

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Let’s Go Camping!

Summer is a great time to go camping and explore the great outdoors. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of camping themed books we hope will inspire you to find your own outdoor adventure this summer. We hope you enjoy them!

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scaredy squirrel

Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping

By Mélanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel wants to try camping, but he’s afraid of skunks, quicksand, mosquitoes…and zippers. Will he enjoy camping?


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A Week in the Woods

By Andrew Clements

The fifth grade’s annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark’s survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.

Ardenwood Historic Farm

A visit to Ardenwood Historic Farm is a journey back to the time of the 1850s Patterson Ranch, a beautiful Victorian mansion and gardens.  It still grows the same kind of produce that was grown in the region in the last 100 years, utilizing agricultural practices from the 1870s to the present, and demonstrating the transition from horse-powered to horsepower farming.

The interpretive staff and volunteers, wearing the Victorian clothing, will give a tour through the Victorian house, demonstrate farm chores, and explain what life was like in the early 1900s.

Other than the tour, there are train rides every Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 10:15 am.  If you like animals, you can also feed the pigs, check the eggs, and bring hay to the livestock at 3 pm Thursday and Friday.


Ardenwood Historic Farm is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, year round.  It is located at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA 94555.

Funny Fridays: Puns

Have you ever heard a pun-derful joke and thought to yourself, “hey that’s punny!”?

A pun is a funny play on words that uses words that sound similar. Here are some examples below that are sure to make you chuckle!


How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?



Why can’t a bicycle stand up by itself?
Because it’s two-tired!


Want more pun in your life?

Check out this collection of artwork depicting some laughable puns created by Monstika.




If you love geography and/or food, check out the Foodnited States of America (created by Foodiggity), a collection of all 50 states re-imagined as food puns.


Ice Cream!

Ice cream is a wonderful summer treat! In honor of this delicious dessert, we decided to focus this week’s booklist on stories that feature ice cream. We hope you enjoy!

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Ice Cream Summer
By Peter Sís

A little boy writes a letter to his grandfather about all the reading and studying he is doing this summer–but all his activities revolve around ice cream.



rocky road
Rocky Road
By Rose Kent

Fashion-loving Tess moves with her deaf younger brother and impulsive single mother to New York, where they open an ice-cream shop.

Pokémon Go at the Library…


Are you playing Pokémon Go? If so, be sure to check out your local library. The Fremont Main Library has a total of 3 PokéStops inside and many more nearby at Central Park (Lake Elizabeth).

A little Pidgey told me that many other Alameda County Libraries have PokéStops too.

Check out our Alameda County Library Event Calendar to see the programs we have coming up this summer. When you drop by our PokéStops you can catch a fun event and sign up for our Summer Reading Game too. If you visit Central Park, near the Fremont Main Library, you might be interested in their Summer Concert Series on Thursday nights.

You never know which Pokemon you might find. Library staff found a Rattata hiding in our story time puppets, along with an Ekans outside,  and a Zubat on our stairs!

Get out and catch those Pokémon, but remember to be careful!          

Always be aware of your surroundings.


Summer Snack Time

Running out of ideas for the kids who seem to snack all day all summer? Enjoy a perfect pizza day where everyone gets the toppings they love, topped off with an icy and delicious dessert. The following recipes are inspired by The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook, available for checkout at the Alameda County Library.


Mini Pizza Bites

Feeds 4-6 people

Who doesn’t love pizza? These mini pizzas can be customized for picky eaters.



  • 1 loaf of baguette or French bread
  • 1 stick of butter or margarine
  • 1 jar of pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings such as: pepperoni, ham, olives and pineapple


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Slice bread to desired thickness (thinner = crispier)
  3. Lightly butter each slice and place on baking sheet
  4. Top each slice with desired toppings, sauce first
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges are light brown


Rainbow Banana Pops

Feeds 4-6

banana pops

A fun and healthy dessert that kids can assemble themselves.


  • 8 bananas
  • Craft sticks
  • tub vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • Toppings of your choice: sprinkles, chocolate flakes, chopped nuts)


  1. Peel and cut bananas into halves
  2. Push craft stick into the cut side of the banana.
  3. Mix honey into Greek yogurt
  4. Dip bananas into yogurt mix using a rubber spatula to coat evenly
  5. Lay yogurt-covered banana on parchment-lined cookie sheet
  6. Freeze for 1 hour
  7. Pour toppings into shallow bowls and roll frozen bananas in desired toppings
  8. Freeze for another hour then store in a freezer bag



The Berenstain Bears’ Country Cookbook: Cub-Friendly Cooking with an Adult

by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Cook with Mama Bear and the rest of the Bear family using these kid-friendly recipes.

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Perfect Pizza Recipes by Jennifer S. Larson

Offers easy pizza recipes for young people to cook, along with information on equipment needed, cooking techniques, safety tips, and notes on special ingredients.

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Noodlemania! 50 Playful Pasta Recipes by Melissa Barlow

Go noodle crazy with these fun and yummy noodle recipes from main dishes to dessert. Also teaches math skills and trivia.








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